Kentucky opens as a 12-point favorite vs. Ohio
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Kentucky opens as a 12-point favorite vs. Ohio

Article written by:Tyler ThompsonTyler Thompson


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John Calipari spent a good chunk of yesterday’s press conference talking about how good tonight’s opponent, Ohio, is. The Bobcats are 3-0 with wins over Belmont, Cleveland State, and Robert Morris; made it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season; and received a vote in this week’s AP Poll.

Tonight will be Kentucky’s biggest test of the seven-game homestand and that’s reflected in the spread. Kentucky opened as a 12-point favorite in Vegas. The total is 146.5 points. The Wildcats are 1-2 against the spread this season, the sole cover coming vs. Robert Morris.

DateOpponentClosing LineTotalResultATS
Nov. 9vs. Duke Blue Devils (Neutral Site)2.5148.5Lost  71 – 79Loss  /  Over
Nov. 12Robert Morris Colonials-22.5144.5Won  100 – 60Win  /  Over
Nov. 16Mount Saint Marys Mountaineers-26136Won  80 – 55Loss  /  Under

Ohio is 3-0 against the spread, hitting the over in two of its games. As you’ve read ad nauseam, the Bobcats are shooters, averaging 81.3 points per game, 31.3 of those coming off threes. Kentucky’s perimeter defense will be tested tonight.

What say you? Will the Cats cover?

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